Feb 22, 2013 7:00pm PST
became months ago with a strong bipartisan effort led by john mccain and ted kennedy, john mccain, kennedy and bush together. bush lobbyed hard, but the bill died anyway, died because of a huge back lash on the right. and leading that back lash were the rush limbaughs and the sean hannity's, and even this guy. >> american is run primarily by white christian men. and there is a segment of our population who hates that. despises that power structure. so they, under the guise of being compassionate want to flood the country with foreign nationals, unlimited, unlimited. to change the complexion, pardon the pun, of america. >> that was nearly six years, and another president in his second term is trying yet again to get the legislative branch to pass an immigration bill. >> send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months and i will sign it right away. and america will be better for it. let's get it done. let's get it done. >> and again, there has been bipartisan support at the beginning, marco rubio, and john mccain on it. among others. and yet again, though, the
Feb 23, 2013 11:00am PST
to be confirmed. one thing that's interesting, john mccain, remember, has said that he believes chuck hagel will be confirmed ultimately. john mccain, by the way, was not one of those senators who wrote that letter to the white house asking the president to withdraw chuck hagel's nomination. >> kristen welker e thanks so much with you and we'll check back with you later in the show. >> sounds good. >>> after nearly 40 years in public office, defense secretary leon panetta may have thought he'd be retired by now, but he thought wrong. panetta is still on the job. at a nato brussels in conference, a conference that was supposed to be intended by former senator chuck hagel. hagel has not taken the mantel as they blocked him heading out to recess. mallika henderson, political reporter at "the washington post" and john stanton, washington bureau chief, thank you both for being here. >> john, i want to start with you. citing panetta is not the man that the audience thought they'd be hearing from. does washington's ability portray any weakness to the international community? >> i don't know if it'
Feb 22, 2013 6:00pm PST
it. and so both senator john mccain and lindsey graham, republicans who are, you know, you would think -- who were also raising questions about hagel, turned on him at some point and basically said that he had gone beyond the pale. so i think you're right in wondering if there are some parts of this country where what's allowable is a different standard. i have to say i think you got it so right when you described what characterizes this kind of speech, though. when i was there, what so struck me was the specificity, the weird specificity of 12 professors on the harvard law who are communist and want to see the overthrow of the u.s. government. it seemed so on the face of it improbable to me, knowing harvard law school, which is basically turning out the men and women who are the pillars of the united states legal establishment, including many members of the united states supreme court. and so -- but it was that specificity that makes it sound like there must be something in it here. and -- but he never did name who they were. so when i wanted to follow up on this after there had